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Bloomaker in Virginia
4:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Building a Better Bloom

If you buy flowers at the grocery store, chances are they’ve come from Holland or California.  That’s a long way, and the blooms rarely last more than a week, but a Virginia company called Bloomaker has come up with a way to make flowers last longer, and their success could turn  this area into a national hub for flower production.

Joep Paternostre hails from Holland.  He’s a big man - over six feet tall and at least 200 pounds, and since childhood he’s seen the United States as the place to dream big.

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Federal Legislation
4:46 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Combating Campus Sexual Assault

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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner helped introduce a bill today to combat the high rates of sexual assaults on college campuses.

 

If you don’t attend college, your chance of being sexually assaulted in the U-S is lower than if you do go to a university.

"The statistics are appalling, but the stories are heart breaking," said Sen. Warner.

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Day 3
4:20 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

CEO's Assistant Testifies at Corruption Trial

Jerri Fulkerson at the courthouse in Richmond.

Day Three in the trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, opened up with testimony from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams' assistant, Jerri Fulkerson.

She testified that not only did the former first couple accept lavish gifts from her boss, but their children also received favors.

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Day 2 Courtroom Bombshell
4:57 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Opening Statements in Corruption Trial

Maureen McDonnell arrives at the courthouse.

The second day of the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, began with instructions to the jury that they must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt by the evidence—and not by leaks or media accounts.

Prosecutor Jessica Aber  recounted the indictment’s theory that the McDonnells exchanged official acts for gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.  But  the bombshells hit when the couple’s defense attorneys spoke.

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Unearthing Artifacts
4:23 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Slaves of the Great Dismal Swamp

Great Dismal Swamp
Credit Dan Sayers/Archaeology Archives

Most Americans have heard of the Underground Railroad - a trail that allowed Southern slaves to escape to the North, but there were other escaped slaves who stayed in the South, living in a place their masters feared - Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp.

Archaeologists are now digging there - finding proof of sizable communities where defiant people found freedom. 

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